News 1998 Army Science and Technology Master Plan



Army Science and Technology Strategy

Science and Technology Vision

Supporting current and future Army visions, the Army S&T investment ensures the following results:

- Timely demonstrations of affordable technology/weapon system concepts that enable

Decisive overmatch with minimum casualties
Force projection with full spectrum capability
Requirements definition/prioritization through experimentation.

- S&T that reduces cost through

Early retirement of risk in materiel development programs
Support for acquisition reform.

- World–class network of Army–focused government and private S&T that

Maintains land warfare superiority
Leverages commercial technology
Maintains smart buyer capability
Enables AAN.

Figure I–4 illustrates how the S&T investment strategy supports Army modernization objectives into the next century.

Figure I-4. Science and Technology Investment Strategy
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Figure I-4. Science and Technology Investment Strategy

Strategic Objectives

To support the S&T vision, the Army has several strategic investment objectives (Figure I–5):

Figure I-5. Strategic Investment Objectives
Figure I-5. Strategic Investment Objectives

- Comply with and support the Defense S&T Strategy and the Army vision, Army Vision 2010, and emerging concepts for the AAN.

- Conduct world–class relevant research.

- Strengthen the requirements process through

System–of–systems demonstrations.
Advanced Technology Demonstrations (ATDs) and Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrations (ACTDs).
S&T synchronized with TRADOC Advanced Warfighting Experiments (AWEs).

- Support the Advanced Concepts and Technology II (ACT II) program.

- Provide affordable options with a focus on system upgrades.

- Improve technology transition, while coupling S&T to development programs.

- Improve technology transfer and "spin on" by forming partnerships with academia and industry.

- Stabilize S&T priorities and funding.

- Improve program execution and oversight.

- Attract, develop, and retain quality scientists and engineers.

- Downsize the infrastructure.

Planning Process and Oversight

The Army’s Science and Technology program, as reflected in this year’s ASTMP, identifies the S&T investments needed to achieve this vision and supporting objectives. It provides an action plan for mobilizing government, industry, and academic resources. The ASTMP position in the overall Department of Defense strategic planning hierarchy is shown in Figure I–6. Army leadership oversight of the Army S&T program is provided by the Army Science and Technology Advisory Group (ASTAG), which is co–chaired by the Army Acquisition Executive and the Vice Chief of Staff, Army (Figure I–7). The ASTWG is co–chaired by the Army Science and Technology Executive (the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology) and the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans (Force Development). The ASTWG provides general–officer–level resolution of pressing S&T issues prior to meetings of the ASTAG, recommends to the ASTAG revisions to the Army’s S&T vision, strategy, principles, and priorities, and reviews and approves ATDs, STOs, and Manufacturing Technology Objectives (MTOs). The overall planning process for the Army S&T program is shown in Figure I–8. The preparation and approval of the ASTMP is shown in the upper part of the diagram, and its progress through the overall Army planning and budgeting process is shown in the lower part.

Figure I-6. Hierarchy of Plans
Figure I-6. Hierarchy of Plans

Figure I-7. Army/Office of the Secretary of Defense S&T Oversight
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Figure I-7. Army/Office of the Secretary of Defense
Science and Technology Oversight

Figure I-8. Army Science and Technology Planning Process
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Figure I-8. Army Science and Technology Planning Process

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